Do you love to listen to new music? Are you sick of hearing the same thing on the radio again and again? Do you want to try out new music on iTunes, but don’t want to spend money on it?
Music can have an amazing impact on your emotions and energy levels. When I was a teacher, I used music to help calm my students on a very exciting day, and I used it to pep them up when they were dragging. Now that I’m a mom, I find that music can also have a big impact on my children.
I love trying out new music, but I don’t always have a lot of money budgeted for buying new songs off of iTunes. Here are some ways I’ve been able to try new music:
Ways to Love Your Music More and Listen to New Things
- Pandora. On Pandora you can create stations based on songs, artists, or genres you like. You teach Pandora to guess songs you’ll like by giving each song a thumbs up or thumbs down. The free service includes commercials, and you’re only allowed to skip so many songs within a certain time period.
- Spotify. Spotify is a lot like Pandora in that you can create stations, and teach Spotify what you like. It also limits the number of skips you can do within a 24-hour time period.
- iTunes Radio. I haven’t tried this yet, but I hear that it’s similar to Pandora and Spotify.
- iTunes gift cards. I ask for iTunes gift cards for my birthday and for Christmas. When I find songs I really like, I can buy them without breaking the bank. I sometimes buy these with my Swagbucks credits.
- Amazon. Amazon also has a way to purchase music, but I haven’t used it yet. Sometimes they offer promotions for free .mp3 downloads.
By far, my favorite service is Pandora. I turn it on on my computer during the day, and just let it play. It’s great for background music, and the commercials don’t bother me too much.
How do you find new music to listen to?
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